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Constitution class model

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During the production of the Star Trek television shows, most notably Star Trek: The Original Series, numerous studio models were created representing the Constitution-class, in particular the USS Enterprise, more than for any other class of starship. Starting out with traditional physical studio models, advances in technology have resulted in digital versions that were added to the array of models used in the Star Trek franchise.

As art director on the original series, Matt Jefferies was given the assignment to design the Enterprise itself. His only guideline was Gene Roddenberry's firm list of what he did not want to see: any rockets, jets, or fire-streams. The starship was not to look like a classic, and thus dated, science-fiction rocket ship, but neither could it resemble anything that would too quickly date the design. Somewhere between the cartoons of the past and the reality of the present, Matt Jefferies was tasked with presenting a futuristic design of his own.

The theory that space could be warped – a hypothetical means of faster-than-light travel – had first been proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905. Years later, Star Trek itself would establish that Zefram Cochrane had first demonstrated warp drive in 2063. In the 1960s, however, warp drive – a delicately balanced, intricate web of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and mystery – initially perplexed Matt Jefferies.
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Today in Trek history

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1901
David Hillary Hughes is born.
1934
Shirley Bonne and Carol Lundberg are born.
1939
Paul Winfield is born.
1940
Michael Sarrazin is born.
1945
Carlos Garzon is born.
1946
Jack Kehler is born.
1956
Dennis Cockrum is born.
1958
Gary Kasper is born.
1961
Ann Cusack is born.
1964
Cari Thomas is born.
1967
Second day of filming on TOS: "Friday's Child".
Step outline submitted for the undeveloped Original Series episode "Aladdin's Asteroid" by Robert Barry.
1968
Second day of filming on TOS: "Spectre of the Gun".
Final draft script of TOS: "Spectre of the Gun" is revised.
1971
The Twenty-First UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #87 with the sixth of nine installments.
1977
Noa Tishby is born.
1989
Gerd Oswald dies.
TNG: "Up The Long Ladder" airs.
1991
Twenty-seventh day of filming on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Fifth day of second unit filming on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
1994
DS9: "The Collaborator" airs.
1995
Yadira Guevara-Prip is born.
DS9: "Shakaar" airs.
VOY: "Learning Curve" airs.
CIC Video releases The Next Generation TV Movies volume 10 on VHS in the UK, bringing the release to a close.
1996
Thirty-third day of filming on Star Trek: First Contact.
1998
Thirty-ninth day of filming on Star Trek: Insurrection.
2001
Seventh day of filming on ENT: "Broken Bow".
Pocket TNG Section 31 novel Rogue is published.
Pocket VOY Section 31 novel Shadow is published.
2002
ENT: "Shockwave" airs.
2006
Star Trek: The Next Generation DVDs are re-released in Region 2 in a slimline format.
2013
William Douglas Lansford dies.

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